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Keith Foulke

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Keith Charles Foulke (born October 19, 1972 in Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota) is a right-handed closer who plays for the Boston Red Sox. Before signing with the Red Sox prior to the 2004 season, he played for the San Francisco Giants (1997), Chicago White Sox (1997-2002) and Oakland Athletics (2003).

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Keith Foulke silently celebrates after ending the inning as the Red Sox take a 2-0 lead in the 2004 World Series

Foulke is currently one of the top closers in baseball. He has an effective 93 MPH fastball and what many people consider to be one of the best changeups in the game. While he is solid against righthanded hitters, he is particularly lethal against left-handed batters.

Foulke has good control, as his career 4.01 strikeout-to-walk ratio reveals (625-156). While he doesn't hold runners particularly well, he covers his position adequately and throws accurately to the bases. In 2004, he completed a fifth straight season without committing an error (71 total chances in 307 games).

In an eight-year career, Foulke has compiled a 33-28 record, with 625 strikeouts, 175 saves, a 3.04 ERA, 344 games finished, and 660 1/3 innings pitched in 501 games. His 2004 season finished with a 5-3 record, 32 saves, and a 2.17 ERA, a figure second only to his 2.08 ERA in 2003. Foulke gave up only one run in the 2004 postseason and, notably, closed the final game of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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